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1963-1964- 



THE CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATIONAL 
CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE 



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September 25-27, 1963 



CALVARY CHURCH 
Lima, Ohio 



. . . Table of Contents 

Officers 4 

Committees 5 

Minutes of the Annual Meeting 6 

Reports: 

Executive Secretary 16 

Finance Committee 17 

Temporary Committee on Fraternal Relations 18 

Placement Committee 20 

Historian 20 

Constitution Study Committee 20 

Resolutions Committee 21 

Publications Committee 23 

Women's Activities Committee 23 

Church Extension and Evangelism Committee 24 

Missionary Committee 24 

Christian Education Committee 25 

Full-Time Executive Secretary Committee 25 

Auditing Committee 26 

Financial Statement 27 

Constitution and By-Laws 29 

Individual Lay Members of Non-Member Churches 39 

Membership Churches 40 

Ordained Ministers 46 



ANNUAL MEETING LOCATIONS 

1948 — Chicago, Illinois 

1949 — Chicago, Illinois 

1950 — no meeting 
1951 — no meeting 
1952 — no meeting 

1953--Wheaton, Illinois — College Church of Christ 

1954 — Chicago, Illinois — Central Park Congregational Church 

1955 — Oshkosh, Wisconsin — Plymouth Congregational Church 

1956 — St. Paul, Minnesota — University Avenue Congregational 

Church 

1957 — West Williamsfield, Ohio — West Williamsfield 

Congregational Church 

1958 — Portland, Oregon — Staub Memorial Congregational Church 

1959 — Argos, Indiana — Argos Congregational Christian Church 

1960 — North Collins, New York — First Congregational Church 
1961 — Carlisle, Massachusetts — Carlisle Congregational Church 

1962 — Oshkosh, Wisconsin — Plymouth Congregational Church 

1963 — Lima, Ohio — Calvary Church, Conservative 

Congregational Christian 



1963 - 1964 
CONFERENCE OFFICERS 

President Lloyd F. Dean 

335 Saratoga Road, Scotia 2, New York 

First Vice-President Raymond G. Ortlund 

1190 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106 

Second Vice-President Paul Halbert 

208 S. Maple Street, Argos, Indiana 

Executive Secretary Robert B. Dempsey 

Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741 

Recording Secretary Leslie Van Vorst 

R.D. 3, Jamestown, New York 14701 

Treasurer Alden S. Barrows 

Prattville, Michigan 49273 

Historian Cecil Argetsinger 

Box 36, Mantorville, Minnesota 55955 

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Mi<LfN(^TOfj^ fhiJ>, BOARD MEMBERS 

1964 Term 1965 Term 1966 Term 

Richard O. Roberts Jacob Waechter Stewart Tatem 

Henri Pol Joseph Fast Lynn Scovil 

Howard Landes Samuel Hemberger John Clymer 



1963 - 1964 
COMMITTEE MEMBERS 



1964 Member 1965 Member 1966 Member 

Christian Education Committee 
Raymond Gillis Cecil Argetsinger *William Bankestcr 

Church Extension and Evangelism Committee 
Raymond Maier Edwin Dahmer *William Randall 

Constitution Study Committee 
Robert B. Dempsey *Leonard Siff Lynn Scovil 

Credentials and Placement Committee 



Paul Halbert (Placement) *Samuel T. Hemberger 
Herbert Anderson (Credentials) 

(Chaplaincy) 

Finance Committee 
Robert Wuster *John Stewart 

Fraternal Relations Committee 
*Raymond C. Ortlund 



Robert B. Dempsey 
Hubert K. Clevenger 
♦Maurice Jacques 



Ministry Committee 
♦Raymond Biddle 



Jacob Waechter 

(Study Course) 
Robert Penrod (Scribe) 

Leslie Husscy 

Lloyd Dean 

Robert Hanna 



Missionary Committee 
George French Paul Mills 

Nominating Committee 
Henri Pol *Richard O. Roberts Alec Edgar 

(The Board appointed Edmond Parker and Joseph Fast to one year terms on 
this Committee.) 

Program Committee 
Alden Barrows Robert Penrod *Wayne Hamilton 

(The Conference President and the Host Pastor for the next Annual Meeting 
are also Committee members.) 

Publications Committee 
Robert Hess (Publisher) *Robert Baker (Editor) 

Women's Activities Committee 
♦Virginia Barrows Selma Kilgore Dorothy Halbert 

All members on the following Committees have one year terms: 



George Buhl (Circulation) 



♦Paul Jones 
♦Joseph Fast 
♦William Kramer 
♦Clarence Schultz 



American Bible Society Anniversary Committee 



Robert Baker 

Auditing Committee 
Frances East 

Resolutions Committee 
Albert Wetzel 

Time and Place Committee 
John Humme 



Leonard Siff 

Philip Watts 

Mrs. George Thompson 

Edward G. Smith 



♦(Asterick) Denotes Committee Chairman 

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Minutes of the Annual Meeting . . . 

of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference held 
September 25th - 27th, 1963, at Calvary Church, Lima, Ohio. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1963 — Morning Session 

The morning session opened with the roll call by the recording secretary; 
followed by a word of welcome from the host pastor, Jacob Waechter. Lloyd 
F. Dean, President of the conference, led us in prayer. 

It was moved that the delegates who responded to the roll call be con- 
stituted as the voting body of the 1963 aimual meeting. This motion was 
seconded and so voted. 

The report of the Credentials Committee was next presented. Upon 
reading the list of ministers having applied for membership, those requesting 
dismissal, and those who applied for ministerial license, it was moved that the 
committee action be approved. This motion was seconded and so voted. The 
list of three men who applied for conference care was then read and it was 
moved that these be accepted under conference care. This was seconded and 
so voted. The list of five who applied for individual lay-membership was read 
and it was moved that these be accepted. This motion was seconded and it was 
so ordered. Next was the reading of the list of churches which had applied 
for church membership in the conference during the past year; it was moved 
these churches be accepted for membership, seconded and so ordered. Lester 
Felker then read the request of the New England Association of Congrega- 
tional Christian Churches to become an Affiliate Regional Member. Robert 
Dempsey moved their acceptance, the motion was seconded. Robert Baker 
briefly described the history and progress of the New England Association. The 
motion for their acceptance was then voted. Lester Felker then read the list 
of three regions which had voted to be Regions in Sympathy to the Conserva- 
tive Congregational Christian Conference. These are the Great Plains Fellow- 
ship: the Bible Conference and Missions, Reeves, Louisiana; and the Minnesota- 
Wisconsin Fellowship. 

Visitors were introduced and welcomed at this point, Cecil Argetsinger 
moved recognition of these visitors and to give them the right to discussion 
during the business sessions. This motion was seconded and so voted. 

Robert Baker was appointed as correspondent for all sessions of the 1963 
annual meeting. 

The report of the conference treasurer was distributed and reviewed by 
Alden Barrows who then moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was 
seconded and so voted. 

Cecil Argetsinger next gave the report of the Historian. Robert Wuster 
moved the acceptance of this report. The motion was seconded and so voted. 

The report of the Executive Secretary was next given by Robert Dempsey. 
Robert Hughey moved that the report be received with appreciation. The 
motion was seconded and so voted. 

Leslie Van Vorst read the recommendation of the Board of Directors that 
the proposed name change be adopted. Lynn Scovil moved the acceptance of 
the recommendation. This motion was seconded. A discussion of considerable 
length followrd. The proposed name change was to be the Congregational 
Christian Community Churches. This proposed name change was rejected 
when voted. 

The President adjourned the meeting at 12:20 P.M. 



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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1963 — Afternoon Session 

The afternoon business session was opened with prayer led by John 
Glymer. Additional names of the delegates were read and added to the voting 
body. Visitors were introduced. 

Otto Wcisman moved the adoption of the agenda of the business sessions. 
This motion was seconded and so voted. 

The minutes of the morning session were then read by the recording 
secretary. They were accepted by vote of the delegates. 

Richard Roberts at this point took the floor and briefly stated the sincere 
interest and desire, which is ours as a conference, of having churches of like 
precious faith come to us and share in our fellowship. 

Leonard Siff presented the report of the Constitution Study Committee. 
Proposed By-Law changes to be acted upon at this 1963 Annual Meeting were 
considered as follows: 

By-Law I, Section 4. Delete the word "shall" in the second sentence; insert 

the word "may" to make the resultant reading "such meetings may also be 

called". 

The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 

seconded and so ordered. 

By-Law II j Section 1. Delete the words "when appointed" in the second 
sentence; insert after first word of sentence, the word "appointed"; and insert 
after word terms, the words and punctuation to make resulting reading: "Such 
appointed officers shall hold office for the terms of, and exercise the powers 
and perform the duties assigned to them by the said Board or Committee." 
The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and so voted. 

By-Law III, Section 1., Sub-section a. Add after the first sentence the follow- 
ing two sentences: "In making such a review, the Committee shall make every 
reasonable effort to investigate and interview all individuals making applica- 
tion to the Conference. This investigation should include, if at all possible, a 
personal interview by a member of the Committee or by a Board member; or 
by a member of the Conference, if the first two are impractical." 
The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and so ordered. 

By-Law III, Section L, Sub-section C. (New) "All applications for member- 
ship, transfer, or dismissal, either approved or disapproved by the Committee 
by September 1st of each year, are to be listed and the whole list circulated 
by the Committee to the entire membership of the Conference before the 
Annual Meeting. Only those so listed and circulated shall be presented to the 
Annual Meeting for ratification." 

Th Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was sec- 
onded. At this point Robert Dempsey moved an amendment to the proposed 
amendment as follows: 

after the word Committee, insert the words, "and all such applications then in 
process." 

This motion was seconded and so voted. A call for the vote on the original 
motion resulted in its adoption as amended. 



Minutes of the AnnMud Meeting . . . 

By-Law III, Section 1., Sub-section i {new lettering ;). Delete the word 

"Confexcncc". 

Robert Dempsey moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 

seconded and so adopted. 

By-Law III, Section 2. Delete the words "annual conference meeting"; insert 
the words "Annual Meeting of the Conference". 

The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and so adopted. 

By-Law III, Section 7. Delete the words "an annual" in second sentence; 
insert the following underlined words and punctuation to make the resultant 
reading: "This Committee shall publish a Conference Year Book Annually, a 
Conference periodical; tracts and other necessary and desired literature." 
The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and so ordered. 

By-Law III, Section 12. (New). "A Conomittee on Fraternal Relations of 

three to be elected by the Conference on a rotating basis for three year terms. 

This Committee shall carry on discussions and relations with other like-minded 

bodies in this country and throughout the world." 

The Committee moved the adoption of this new By-Law Section. The motion 

was seconded and so adopted. 

By-Law VI, Section 5, Sub-section a. Delete the words "national" . . . "in 

annual convocation"; and insert the following underlined words to make 

resultant reading: "Be granted by the Conference at the Annual Meeting of 

the Conference." 

The Committee moved the adoption of the amendment. The motion was 

seconded and so voted. 

By-Law VI, Section 7. Add the following two sentences: 

"A prospective ministerial candidate who has been received under Conference 

Care is considered a ministerial member of the Conference under Conference 

Care, and is entitled to vote at all business meetings of the Conference. His 

vote does not necessarily have to be included in the delegation from his home 

church, if that church is a member of the Conference." 

Maurice Malafronte moved the adoption of this addition. The motion was 

seconded and so adopted. 

By-Law IX. {New) 

"Whereas the Credentials and Placement Committee is required to circulate 
a list of all applications for membership processed by September 1st, it is 
possible that as of the Annual Meeting of any particular year there may be 
appHcations whose processing has been completed between September 1st and 
the Annual Meeting, and/or applications which are still being processed. 
Churches, ministers, or individual lay-members from non-member churches, 
whose applications for membership have been processed too late to be circu- 
lated to the entire Conference membership before the Annual Meeting, or 
whose applications arc still in process, may be given the right to sjDeak from 
the floor and/or the right to vote at the said Annual Meeting, by a majority 
vote of the assembled delegates." 

Robert Wustrr movrd the adoption of this new By-Law. The motion was 
seconded. Leonard SifT at this point moved an amendment to the proposed 
amrndmrnt, namely: to delete the first sentence of the proposed amendment. 
The motion was seconded and so ordered. A vote was then taken on the 

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original motion as amended and it was so adopted. It was moved that the 
title. Unprocessed Applications", be adopted for this new By-Law. The motion 
was seconded and so adopted. 

By-Law X (Previously By-Law IX) 

Delete the following words from the first sentence; "altered or", "regular 
meeting", "same", "intention to so amend": and insert the following under- 
lined words to make the resultant reading; "These By-Laws may be amended 
by the aflSrmative vote of two-thirds of the Conference members present and 
voting at any Annual Meeting or Special Meeting of the Conference, provided 
that in writing thirty days notice of the substance of proposed amendments to 
the By-Laws be given to all members of the Conference." Also, delete the 
second sentence in its entirety; and insert the following sentence: "Upon 
adoption of amendments, the orderly numbering, lettering, capitalization and 
spelling of the By-Laws shall be cared for by the Constitution Study Com- 
mittee." 

The Committee moved the adoption of these amendments. The motion was 
seconded and so adopted. 

By-Law III, Section 9. Add the following sentence: "This Committee shall 
study also the constitutional problems of local churches at the request of the 
same, and recommend suggestions for improving the constitutions thereof." 
The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and so ordered. 

The report of the Constitution Study Committee was continued by Leonard 
Siff who also moved its acceptance. The motion was seconded and so voted. 

President Dean at this time introduced Paul Graham of the National 
Association of Evangelicals. Mr. Graham brought greetings from the National 
Association of Evangelicals and spoke briefly of their emphasis recently upon 
the reality of the true Biblical Christian Unity which we already enjoy through 
fellowship with Christ. 

The meeting was adjourned by the President at 5:05 P.M. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1963 — Morning Session 

The President called on Lynn Scovil to open the meeting with prayer. 
The names of additional delegates were read and added to the voting body. 
Frank Langham of the American Bible Society was introduced and scheduled 
to speak at the noon hour. 

The minutes of the Wednesday afternoon business session were read by 
the Recording Secretary. They were accepted by vote of the delegates. 

Leonard Siff presented the report of the Constitution Study Conmaittee 
with respect to Constitution changes to be voted on at this 1963 Annual 
Meeting. 

Constitution Preamble (In place of present one) 

"In gratitude to Almighty God for the gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus 
Christ; and 

Believing that the task of the church of Jesus Christ is two-fold, i.e., the 
evangelization of the world and the edification of the saints; and 
Believing further, that there is a definite need among congregationally gov- 
erned churches of the historic Biblical persuasion for an association to assist 
them in the performance of said task; 



Minutes of the Annual Meeting . . . 

Wc, therefore, as autonomous churches declaring our unqualified belief in the 
entire Word of God written, humbly invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, 
have covenanted together to form such an association." 

The Committee moved the adoption of this new Preamble. The motion was 
seconded and so adopted. 

Article II (Replace present one) 

1. To deepen and extend the fellowship of our churches. 

2. To encourage a steadfast, Biblical witness by our churches. 

3. To facilitate cooperation and counsel among our churches with regard to 
evangelism, the spiritual life, Christian education, stewardship, missinos, 
church extension, Christian action, women's and men's fellowships, youth 
activities, the pastoral ministry, and other related concerns. 

4. To preserve and promote the Scriptural principles of the autonomy of the 
local church and the freedom of the believer in Christ. 

John Clymer moved the adoption of this article. The motion was seconded and 
so voted. 

Article III, Section 1. 

Change word "only" from in front of "inerrant" to in front of "inspired". 
The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and a unanimous vote was recorded. 

Article VIII, Section 2 

Delete words: "and five other members of the Board." 

The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 

seconded and so ordered. 

Article VIII, Section 4 (New) 

"The Board of Directors shall have power to endorse a ministerial member 

of the Conference for the military chaplaincy upon the recommendation of the 

Credentials and Placement Committee. This endorsement is subject to review 

by the Annual Meeting of the Conference." 

The Committee moved the adoption of this new section. The motion was 

seconded and so ordered. 

Article VIII, Section 5 (New) 

"The Board of Directors shall appoint annually the Conference representative 

on the Chaplaincy Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals, 

He shall automatically be one of the five members of the Credentials and 

Placement Committee." 

The Committee moved the adoption of this new section. The motion was 

seconded and so ordered. 

Article V, Section 1 

In the next to the last sentence insert before the word "churches" the 
following; "or congregationally governed". 

The CJommittce moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
was seconded and so voted. 

Article V, Section 3 

Strike: "Reason to suppose" and insert in its place, "received a written 
statement". 

In second sentence, strike "supposition" and insert "charge". 
The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and so ordered. 

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Article VI j Section 4 

Insert as the last word "revised". 
The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 
seconded and so ordered. 

Article VII, Section 1, Sub-section c 

Insert after "year", "with the e: 

serve for a term of three years.' 

Maurice Malafronte moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 

seconded and so ordered. 

Article VII, Section 2 

Insert "installed" for the word "qualified" and add "which shall be at the 

Annual Meeting at which they are elected." 

The Committee moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 

seconded and so ordered. 

Article XI , Section 2 

Strike the following words: "i.e., the Statement of Faith not including the 

appended notes." 

Wayne Hamilton moved the adoption of this amendment. The motion was 

seconded and so adopted. 

Irving Famsworth became temporary chairman by the President's appoint- 
ment while the President presented the report of the Temporary Committee 
on Fraternal Relations, and moved its acceptance. The motion was seconded 
and so ordered. 

Lloyd Dean returned as Chairman and Robert Dempsey presented his 
report on the Sixteenth General Council of the Union of Evangelical Con- 
gregational Churches of Brazil, July 8-13, 1963. Paul Halbert moved accept- 
ance of the report. The motion was seconded and so ordered. 

Robert Dempsey moved that we ratify the proposal of the Union of 
Evangelical Congregational Churches of Brazil which had been included in 
his report. The motion was seconded and unanimously voted. Rolf Jacobson 
made the motion that the three members of the Fraternal Relations Com- 
mittee should automatically serve as commission members of the Internation- 
ally Evangelical Congregational Union. The motion was seconded and so 
voted. 

The Recording Secretary read greetings from the Congregational Evan- 
gelical Revival Fellowship of England. 

The report of the Committee on a full-time Executive Secretary was 
presented next by Clarence Schultz, Jr. John Humme moved the acceptance 
of the report. The motion was seconded and so ordered. 

The recommendation of the Board of Directors regarding the Executive 
Secretary was next given. This was to adopt the alternate proposal presented 
by the Carlisle Congregational Church which is; that the Conference provide 
a paid office secretary for the Conference and Church office work and pay 
supply speakers during the pastor's absence in Conference work; in return for 
which they would release their pastor for the same approximate length of time 
which is presently being devoted to Conference work, and would provide a 
heated, lighted office. Leonard SifF moved the adoption of the alternate pro- 
posal. The motion was seconded and so voted after a brief discussion. 

The Missionary Committee Report was given by Maurice Jacques. Russell 
Robinson moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was seconded and 
so voted. 

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Paul Halbcrt presented the report of the Placement Committee. John 
Clyraer moved the acccptanc of the report. The motion was seconded and 
so voted. 

Raymond C. Ortlund moved that the secretary express to the Carlisle 
Congregational Church our gratitude in recognition of their gracious coopera- 
tion in sharing their pastor v^ith us; and acknowledging their obvious interest 
in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference as seen in the fact 
that their support to the Conference is the largest of all the churches. The 
motion was seconded and a unanimous rising vote of thanks was expressed. 
The President called on Raymond Ortlund to lead us in prayer, and asked the 
Resolutions Committee to prepare an appropriate resolution expressing our 
gratitude to the Carlisle Congregational Church. Folowing anouncements for 
the intervening time between business sessions, the meeting was adjourned at 
noon. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1963 — Afternoon Session 

The afternoon business session was called to order by the President. The 
minutes of the morning session were then read by the recording secretary and 
accepted by vote of the delegates. 

The report of the Christian Education Committee was given by William 
Bankester. Maurice Malafronte moved the acceptance of the report. The 
motion was seconded and so ordered. 

The report of the Finance Committee was next given by Robert Wuster. 
Robert Baker moved that the report be accepted. The motion was seconded 
and so voted. 

The report of the Time and Place Committee was given by Clarence 
Schultz who then moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was seconded 
and so voted. Clarence Schultz then moved the adoption of the recommenda- 
tion of the Time and Place Committee which was; to accept the invitation of 
the Conservative Congregational Church of Mobridge, South Dakota for the 
1964 Annual Meeting of the Conference; the acceptance of the invitation from 
the Old Church of Lynbrook, New York for the 1965 Annual Meeting; and 
the acceptance of the invitation of the Lake Avenue Congregational Church of 
Pasadena, California for the 1966 Annual Meeting. The motion was seconded 
and so voted. Robert Reinbold made the motion that the dates for the 1964 
Annual Meeting be September 23rd-25th. The motion was seconded and so 
ordered. 

The President next read the committees appointed by the Board which 
are as follows: 

Credentials and Placement: 

Samuel Hemberger — to fill the unexpired term of Rev. Lester Fclker 

Jacob Waechter, Chairman 

Robert Pcnrod 
Time and Place: 

Clarence Schultz, Chairman 

John Humme 

Edward Smith 
Resolutions: 

\^^lliam Kramer, Chairman 

Mrs. George Thompson 

Albert Wetzel 

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Auditing: 

Joseph Fast, Chairman 
PhilUp Watts 
Mrs. Frances East 
Nominating: 
Joseph Fast 
Edmond Parker 
The report of the Nominating Committee was presented by Richard Roberts 
who moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was seconded and so 
voted. 

Richard Roberts took the chair while voting proceeded for President. The 
committee nominated Lloyd Dean for the office of President. Robert Dempsey 
moved that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Lloyd F. Dean. The 
motion was seconded and so voted. 

The committee nominated Raymond C. Ortlund to the office of First Vice 
President. Herbert Anderson moved that the nominations cease. The motion 
was seconded and so voted. 

Rolf Jacobson made the motion that the entire remaining nominations, 
as presented by the Nominating Committee, be voted unto office on one vote. 
The motion was seconded and so voted. 
The slate of officers is as follows: 

President Lloyd F. Dean 

First Vice-President Raymond C. Ortlund 

Second Vice-President Paul Halbert 

Executive Secretary Robert B. Dempsey 

Recording Secretary Leslie Van Vorst 

Treasurer Alden Barrows 

Historian Cecil Argetsinger 

Board — 3 year term John Clymcr 

Lynn Scovil 
Stewart Tatem 

iChristian Education Committee Cecil Argetsinger, 2 year term 

William Bankester, 3 year term 

Church Extension William Randall, 3 year term 

Committee on Ministry Raymond Biddle, 2 year term 

Robert Hanna, 3 year term 

Constitution Study Lynn Scovil, 3 year term 

Finance Leslie Hussey, 3 year term 

Missionary Paul Mills, 3 year term 

Nominating Alec Edgar 

Program Wayne Hamilton 

Publications Robert Hess, 1 year term 

George Buhl, 3 year term 

Women's Work Mrs. Barrows, 1 year term 

Dorothy Halbert, 3 year term 

Fraternal Relations Lloyd Dean, 1 year term 

Robert Dempsey, 2 year term 
Raymond Ortlund, 3 year term 

The President introduced Rev. V. Sam Archer of the Evangelical Alliance 
Mission in Japan; and the possibility of his meeting at churches throughout 
the nation during the coming year was made known. The President next 
introduced Rev. Walter Frank, director of the Greater Europe Mission, who 
spoke briefly of the work of that mission and their desire to help pastors and 
churches with regard to their missionary programs and interests. 

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The proposed budget for 1963-1964 was presented by the President and 
is as follows: 
Office of the Executive Secretary 

Executive Secretary travel $2,000.00 

Pubhcations, Printing and Mailing 3,000.00 

Postage 250.00 

Secretarial Work 3,200.00 

Pulpit Supply 300.00 

Telephone 100.00 

International Extension Fund 500.00 

Stationery 400.00 

Historian Dues 5.00 

Official Board Expense 15.00 

N.A.E. Chaplaincy Commission Dues 100.00 

Safety Deposit Box 7.00 

Annual Meeting Expense 350.00 

Mid-Winter Conference 325.00 

Committee Expenses 200.00 

Travel 100.00 

Office Equipment 200.00 

Office Equipment (added on last day of Conference) 200.00 

TOTAL $11,252.00 

Robert Dempsey made the motion that the Conservative Congregational 
Christian Conference establish an International Extension Fund. The motion 
v/as seconded and so voted. 

Richard Roberts made the motion that the budget as proposed by the 
Board of Directors be accepted by the Conference. The motion was seconded 
and so ordered. 

Robert Dempsey moved that the Christian Education Committee be 
instructed by the Conference to prepare church membership materials and 
bring them to the Annual Meeting of the Conference next year. The motion 
was seconded and so ordered. 

The President called our attention to the proposed resolutions regarding 
the American Bible Society which were as follows: 

WHEREAS, the American Bible Society services are used by the Con- 
servative Congregational Christian Conference to supply its churches and 
missionaries at home and overseas with copies of the Word of God in the 
various languages and formats needed. Be it resolved that: Our pastors and 
congregations be urged to continue their generous financial support to the 
Society^ according to the methods approved by the Conference. 

And, WHEREAS, The American Bible Society encourages a wider and 
more meaningful use of the Bible through its annual program of WORLD- 
WIDE BIBLE READING from Thanksgiving to Christmas, with culmination 
in UNIVERSAL BIBLE WEEK, and UNIVERSAL BIBLE SUNDAY the 
second Sunday in December, Be it resolved that: Our pastors and churches 
be urged to cooperate in this world-wide emphasis on the importance of 
personal and family use of the Word of God. 

And, WHEREAS, the year 1966 makes the 150th anniversary of the 
founding of the American Bible Society, Be it resolved that the Churches of 
our Fellowship observe the 150th Anniversary of the American Bible Society 
in 1966 with special services emphasizing the need for wider reading and 
sharing of the Holy Scriptures, and, 

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Be it further RESOLVED that, an American Bible Society 150th Anni- 
versary Committee be appointed in our Conference to work with the head- 
quarters Committee of the Bible Society. 

Robert Dempsey moved the adoption of this series of resolutions. The motion 
was seconded and so voted. By common consent it was agreed that the Board 
appoint the committee to serve with the American Bible Society. 

Robert Dempsey read greetings from Rev. Salustiano Pereira Cesar, 
present President of the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches of 
Brazil; and from Arthur Pereira Barros, former President of this same union. 

The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 P.M. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1963 — Morning Session 

The President opened the meeting and called on the Recording Secretary 
to read the minutes of the previous business session. These were accepted by 
vote of the delegates. 

One additional ministerial member was added to the voting body. The 
President then called on Bruce Brown to lead in prayer. 

The Credentials Committee presented two men for conference approval 
as ministerial members. These men were Edwin Dahmer and Bruce Brown. 
The Conmaittee moved the acceptance of these men. The motion was seconded 
and so ordered. 

William Hartmann was presented as a Ministerial Candidate under 
Conference Care and Licensed by the Conference. Maurice Malafronte moved 
the acceptance of Mr. Hartmann. The motion was seconded and so voted. 

The report of the Committee on the Ministry was presented by Howard 
Landes who moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was seconded 
and so voted. 

The report of the Committee on Church Extension and Evangelism was 
next given by Lynn Scovil who moved the acceptance of the report. The 
motion was seconded and so ordered. 

Robert Dempsey moved that the Committee on Church Extension and 
Evangelism compile statistics and facts, and circulate them to all member 
churches. The motion was seconded and so voted. 

The report of the Women's Activities Committee was given by Mrs. Glenn 
Kilgore who moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was seconded 
and so ordered. 

The report of the Publications Committee was given by Robert Baker. 
John Humme moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was seconded 
and so voted. 

The Resolutions Committee report was next presented by William Randall 
who moved the acceptance of the report and adoption of the resolutions. The 
motion was seconded and so voted. 

The report of the Auditing Committee was read by Joseph Fast who 
moved the acceptance of the report. The motion was seconded and so voted. 

Robert Dempsey called our attention to an important book with respect 
to historic Congregationalism entitled, "Creeds and Platforms of Congrega- 
tionalism" and published by Pilgrim Press. 

Robert Dempsey moved that the item in the Conference budget for 
Conference Office Equipment be changed from $200 to $400. The motion was 
seconded and so ordered. 

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The Recording Secretary was asked to read the names of committee 
chairmen as appointed by the Board, and any further recommendations of 
the Board. The Board, acting upon the suggestion of a layman of the Con- 
ference, recommended to the Conference for consideration by a straw vote the 
name change; i.e., Congregational Christian Community Churches Trinitarian- 
Evangelical, for inclusion in the voting of the 1964 Annual Meetng of the 
Conference. Herbert Anderson moved that the recommendation of the Board 
be accepted. The motion was seconded and so ordered. 

An additional report of the Constitution Study Committee was read by 
Leonard Siff. Maurice Malafronte moved the acceptance of the report. The 
motion was seconded and so ordered. 

The President called upon John Humme to adjourn the meeting with 
prayer. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Rev. Leslie Van Vorst 
Recording Secretary 

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 

"God is our refuge and strength." — Psalm 46:1a 

This has been a most eventful year. It has seen the greatest one year 
increase in the number of new member churches in the history of the CCCC. 
Fourteen churches have been added to the Conference rolls, making a total 
of 52. The total Conference membership is approximately 10,000. 

While some of the regional groups of evangelical Congregational Christian 
Churches have had their problems, some have made significant advances. The 
New England Association of Congregational Christian Churches has become 
the first affiliate region of the CCCC. There will shortly be a second. The 
Minnesota-Wisconsin and Great Plains Fellowships have passed motions ex- 
pressing sympathy with the CCCC. In the State of Georgia, evangelical Con- 
gregational Christian Churches have organized. This makes 19 such groups in 
the U.S. and Canada. We must stand by to give whatever advice and assist- 
ance to these groups that we are able to. 

Developments of the international scene are most encouraging. Contact 
with the Congregational Evangelical Revival Fellowship in England has proven 
rewarding, and indicates that the CERF and the CCCC are of a kindred 
mind and spirit. We look forward to growing friendship with this fine group. 
Developments in Australia are hopeful. While not separating from the Con- 
gregational union in that country, laymen and pastors have organized the 
Congregational Board of Evangelism, which has no formal connection with 
that union and is not under the control thereof. Rev. Paul Toms is the first 
director. It is thrilling to see those within the Congregational Christian heritage 
who are faithful to the Bible taking steps of faith in all parts of the world. 

Of all international developments, none is more exciting or promising 
than the establishment of ties between the Uniao das Igrejas Evangelicas Con- 
grcgacionais do Brasil and the CCCC. Fuller details of this will be made 
in .separate reports. This provides our Conference, small as we may be, a 
marvelous opportunity to strengthen the cause of Christ around the world. 
The International Evangelical Congregational Union could be the most signi- 
ficant development in Congregational history in this century. 

Last fall following the Annual Meeting, the Executive Secretary travelled 
extensively throughout the Dakotas, Nebraska and the Mid-west. The winter 

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found him in the deep South. North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana 
offer fruitful possibilities. Present plans call for a return visit this winter. The 
spring saw a brief visit into Ohio and Michigan, as well as a quick visit to the 
St. Louis area. 

In addition to the proposed return visit to the South, tentative plans are 
made for an extensive trip through Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska and 
Indiana this fall. The spring should see a thorough coverage of possibilities in 
the northwest. 

During the year, the office of Executive Secretary has handled a growing 
volume of mail. In addition to hundreds of personal letters, there were 
numerous Conference mailings, and a special mailing to all Congregational 
Christian Churches not in the United Church. The matter of correspondence, 
filing, keeping the mail lists current, stenciling, mimeographing and other 
office v/ork has grown to such an extent that action should be considered to 
bring relief not only to the Executive Secretary, but such office help could 
well aid other officers and committees. It is imperative that such help be 
provided. 

While the office of Executive Secretary brings many duties, it also brings 
many rewards in terms of friendships, opportunities for service, and the satis- 
faction of knowing that here and there one has been able to be of help. It has 
been a privilege to serve you in the past year. However, without the faithful 
and unending assistance of my good wife, little of this would have been 
pwDSsible. 

Respectfully submitted. 
Dr. Robert B. Dempsey, 
Executive Secretary 

REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 

As during the previous fiscal year, we have also during this year attempted 
to keep our Churches informed of the financial needs of the Conference. 

Under date of November 15, 1962 we addressed one hundred thirty two 
(132) letters to the various churches, ministers and church clerks of this 
Conference in which we presented the proposed Budget for 1962-1963 of 
$8,257.00. A good response to this appeal was received but by January 1963 
we thought it advisable to do a little stimulating. Having received fine steward- 
ship materials from The Bible Meditation League of Orlando, Florida, we 
sent out a photostatic copy of this organization's letter of November 2, 1962, 
together with a copy of their very effective "Heaven's Blessing Bank Book" 
and "Biblical 15% Stewardship" tract. This letter assured our Churches that 
they could request just as many of this booklet and tract as they desired, free. 
We trust that many of our Churches repsonded to this offer. 

Again, under date of March 9, 1963, we sent out another appeal for 
contributions in order to keep our Treasurer's figures in the black. Contribut- 
tions have gradually increased until the Treasurer's Report as of June 30th 
carried a sp^ecial note — "$859.00 has come in during this first week in July! 
Praise the Lord". What finer way to warm the cockles of a treasurer's heart 
than to send him more money than he is expecting? 

Furthermore, on August 20th we addressed a final letter to our constitu- 
ents thanking all for their generous support during the fiscal year drawing to 
a close, and encouraging them to "keep on keeping on". 

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As a Committee, we should like to emphasize that during the recent 
months, others of our Conference officers and committeemen have sent our 
special appeals for special projects which were vital to the real life and 
progress of our Conference. All these efforts seem to have crystalized into a 
generous overall support of all Conference efforts. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John H. Stewart,, Chairman 



REPORT OF THE TEMPORARY COMMITTEE 
ON FRATERNAL RELATIONS 

The Fraternal Relations Committee have been active this year on a 
number of fronts. 

One of our earliest contacts has been with the Fellowship of Independent 
Evangelical Churches, located mainly in the Southeastern area of the United 
States. Our last written communication was this spring. The past president 
turned our letter over to the new president. We have heard nothing subse- 
quently in this regard. Our executive secretary has on occasion visited mem- 
bers of this group, and apparently there is no particular interest in any common 
recognition or cooperation. In fact, the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical 
Churches seems largely inactive and basically unorganized. Latest count seems 
to reduce the member churches to about a half dozen. The Presbyterian flavor 
of these seems to preclude any real hope on our part of fruitful relationship. 

For a considerable period of time, as most of our older members know, 
we have been interested in the churches in Brazil and the possibility of some 
mutual relationship with them. Many of you have in hand the report of the 
Sixteenth General Council of the Union of Evangelical Congregational 
Churches of Brazil which was held at the Evangelical Congregational Church 
of Campina Grande from July 8th to July 13th of this year. Our executive 
secretary attended these meetings and has provided us with a full report and 
a most significant proposal that definite action be initiated to form a coopera- 
tive association between thse churches and our conference. This new entity 
would be known as The International Evangelical Union. We believe that this 
is a most auspicious proposal particularly in view of the interest and concern 
of other Evangelical Congregational groups throughout the world for fellow- 
ship on an international basis. 

During the year we have been in correspondence with The Associated 
Gospel Churches of Canada. On June the 18th, our recording secretary. Rev. 
Leslie Van Vorst, attended the Annual Conference of this group in Ontario. 
At this time he brought greetings from our conference to theirs. As a result 
of this contact and the extensive correspondence that was carried on for 
several months we have come to the conclusion that while it may be profitable 
to remain in contact with these churches, their more restrictive government 
and cschatological emphases would rule out the possibility of any formal rela- 
tionship. It is interesting, however, that several individual pastors expressed 
to Mr. Van Vorst a definite interest in our conference and in being with us. 
We certainly hope this has come to pass. 

Early this year we wrote to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones of the Westminister 
Chapel in London with the hope of receiving information on Evangelical 
Congregationalists in the British Isles. He responded and put us in contact 
with Rev. Gilbert W. Kirby, who is serving as general secretary of the World 

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Evangelical Alliance. Mr. Kirby is one of the founders of what is called in 
England and the British Isles "The Congregational Revival Prayer Fellowship". 
This is an association of Evangelical Congregational ministers. Mr. Kirby 
visited this country in April and took a significant part in the N.A.E. Con- 
vention at Buffalo, New York. At that time both Dr. Dempsey and Dr. Dean 
had an opportunity to converse extensively with Mr. Kirby. This in addition 
to considerable correspondence has put us in touch with Rev. Brian Dupont 
who is chairman for the current year of the CERF. We have exchanged 
information and the committee is now in possession of several publicatiions of 
the CERF. This group describes itself as a world-wide fellowship within Con- 
gregational Churches. They seem to be in many ways in the stage of develop- 
ment that our group was in its beginning. There are about 500 men pres- 
ently associated with this group. They are, of course, greatly concerned about 
the effects of the merger in the British Isles, and it may be possible that they 
will be taking significant steps in our direction. An official greeting from their 
chairman is in hand. Of note is the fact that they have contact with Evangelical 
Congregational churches in Europe and also in Norway and Sweden. In the 
latter two instances they have given us definite information that we may follow 
up in this regard. 

Through the Rev. Gilbert Kirby we have been put in touch with a group 
of Evangelical Congregational churches in Australia. They are presently organ- 
ized within the old movement under the title Congregational Board of Evan- 
gelism. They appear to be in about the same situation as the churches in 
England except for being somewhat more advanced in their development and 
organization. They have called to be their first director, Rev. Paul E. Toms, 
a Fuller graduate and formerly a pastor in Hawaii. We have informed the 
president of this group of the developments in the Brazil meetings and sug- 
gested the possibility that they might give some consideration along this line. 
We have also asked him to alert Rev. Toms to our interest in the Evangelical 
Congregational churches in Hawaii. Through other sources we understand that 
there are a number of such churches, although they are also in most if not 
all instances still within the old denomination. In several of the contacts that 
we are having it may ultimately be possible to perform a kind of missionary 
service by sending some of our men into their countries to serve for a stipulated 
period and thus to assist them in their organization and development. 

Finally, through correspondence with an Othodox Presbyterian pastor 
serving in a Reformed Church in New Zealand, we have learned that there 
are probably Hkeminded Congregational brethren in that area. As yet we have 
no definite lead but feel that something definite may very well materialize within 
the next year. Within three years in New Zealand it is possible that the 
Congregationalists there may have merged with the Anglicans, Methodists and 
Churches of Christ. It would seem that Evangelical CongregationaHsts in that 
part of the world would have the same basic concerns as those that have led 
to the formation of our own conference here in the United States. 

It is readily seen from our report that only in one area are we prepared 
to take definite action. Your committee would heartily recommend our affilia- 
tion with the cooperative association to be known as The International Evan- 
gelical Congregational Union. Beginning on the basis of the fellowship enjoyed 
between the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches of Brazil and the 
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, we prayerfully hope that 
a significant world body of cooperating self-governing evangelical churches 
will come into being In the relatively near future. In line with the missionary 

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program committed by our Lord to His Church, we feel that our fellowship 
can be limited properly only by the boundaries of this world as a whole. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Dr. Robert B. Dempsey 
Rev. Paul Halbert 
Dr. Llovd F. Dean, Chairman 

PASTORAL PLACEMENT REPORT 

Twenty-six churches sought the aid of the placement committee during 
the past year. Of these churches, fifteen have reported that their pulpits have 
now been filled. 

Respectfully submitted, 

The I*lacement Committee 

REPORT OF THE HISTORIAN 

In the report made at the Conference last year mention was made of a 
questionnaire to be sent out to member churches concerning information on 
their history. Along Vkdth these returned questionnaires, reports on Church 
anniversaries, ordinations, etc., have arrived in considerably greater quantity 
than last year. 

A steel file case has been purchased in which to file these items. 

Correspondence has been maintained with the Congregational Historical 
Society, and information concerning the history, policy and doctrinal standards 
of the CCCC has been placed on file there. 

Churches are again urged to send in information about events related to 
their history. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Cecil Argetsinger, Historian 

REPORT OF THE CONSTITUTION STUDY COMMITTEE 

At a meeting of the Constitution Study Committee in April 1963, this 
Committee approved the following, to suggest to any inquiring local church, 
as an amendment-proposal for any congregationally governed ecclesiastical 
organization to place in its Constitution by whatever procedure for amendment 
the Constitution of the said organization may require: 
Article of Dissolution 

"No part of the net earnings or other assets of this church shall ever inure 
to the benefit of any donor, member, or officer of this church, or of any private 
individual. No donor, member, individual, committee, associate or affiliate 
member or officer of this church shall be entitled to be a recipient in the 
distribution of any of the assets of this church upon dissolution. Any assets of 
said church must be distributed or given to one or more organizations recog- 
nized by the Internal Revenue Ser\'ice as one organized exclusively for religious, 
charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes." The relevant IRS 
form is Exemption Application — 1023. 

At the April meeting, this Committee prepared a series of By-Law amend- 
ment-proposals and has sent these to CCCC members to meet requirements of 
By-laws. Members are reminded that any may present amendment-proposals 
to this Committee at any time; this Committee is obligated to present to the 

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Conference such amendment-proposals. The By-law amendment-proposals cir- 
culated properly are ready for action at this 1963 Annual Meeting. 

Fox action at the 1964 Annual Meeting, this Committee now presents the 
following Constitution amendment-proposals : 

ARTICLE V — Delete the word "Section" from before each numbered section 
in Article V in order to conform to the general style of this Constitution. 
ARTICLE V, Section 1 — Delete the following italicized sentence in its 
entirety: "Individual lay membership may be h^ld only by laymen in 
non-member Congregational Christian Churches": and insert in its place 
the following italicized sentence; "Individual lay m\embership may be held 
only by members of Congregational Christian Churches which are not 
member churches of this Conference, or by members of other congrega- 
tionally governed local churches which also are not member churches of 
this Conference." 
ARTICLE VI, Section 4 — Add the following italicized words to make resul- 
tant reading: "The guide for parliamentary procedure in all meetings 
shall be Roberts' Rules of Order, "Revised, in all cases not covered by 
special rules of this Constitution and By-Laws." 
ARTICLE VII, Section 3 (new section) — Add as a new section the following 
italicized: "// for any reason an officer chooses to resign, a letter of resig- 
nation shall be directed to the President, who in turn shall call it to the 
attention of the Board of Directors, which Board shall have the power to 
accept such a resignation between meetings of the Conferenoe. This pro- 
cedure shall also be followed if any members of the Board of Directors 
choose to resign. In the event that the President resigns the letter of 
resignation shall be directed to the Executive Secretary, who shall present 
it to the Board of Directors for action." 
ARTICLE XI, Section 1 — Delete from the last sentence the following as 
italicized; ". . . V, paragraph 3), shall meet the requirement for adop- 
tion.": and insert in its place the following as italicized; ". . . VI, section 
3), shall be required for adoption. 
ARTICLE XI, Section 1 — Add to the last sentence the following as italicized 
to make the resultant reading; ". . . for adoption; and the orderly num- 
bering, lettering, capitalization and spelling of the Articles shall be cared 
for by the Constitution Study Committee." 

Further Report of the Constitution Study Committee: 

ARTICLE I — Name — (Substitute for the present Article I as follows) : 
"The Name of this Conference shall be: Congregational Christian Com- 
munity Churches Trinitarian-Evangelical." 

Respectfully submitted, 
Leonard F. Siff 
Robert B. Dempsey 
John Clymer 

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT 

BE IT RESOLVED that the members and guests in attendance at the 
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference at Lima, Ohio, express their 
sincere appreciation and thanks for the gracious hospitality extended to them 
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worshipping in their attractive, new sanctuar>'. for those who graciously pre- 
pared the meals and for those who opened their homes for the comfort of 
all attending. 

BE IT RESOLVED that we express our appreciation to Dr. Clyde 
Taylor, Director of Public AfTairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, 
for his challenging message at the Conference banquet. 

BE IT RESOLVED that we express our appreciation for greetings brought 
to the Conference by Mr. Walter Frank of the Greater Europe Mission, Mr. 
Paul Graham of the Great Lakes Region of the National Association of 
Evangelicals and Mr. Frank Langham, representing the American Bible 
Society. 

BE IT RESOLVED that this Conference hereby express gratitude to 
the Carlisle Congregational Church; for its dedicated interest in the work of 
this Conference, for graciously providing an office for the Conference and for 
the loan of their pastor. Dr. Robert Dempsey, to pursue his duties as Executive 
Secretary of this Conference. 

WHEREAS the Conference voted to maintain its present name but 
acknowleding that a number of Community Churches already hold member- 
ship in this Conference we hereby go on record as extending an invitation to 
other Community Churches, Gospel Churches, Bible Churches, and other 
independent churches which are Congregationally organized and adhere to 
the standards of this Conference to enter into fellowship with the Conser\'ative 
Congregational Christian Conferences. 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Conference express its appreciation to Dr. 
Robert Dempsey for conveying greetings on our behalf to our brothers of the 
Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches of Brazil and for his efforts 
that were used of God to promote fraternal relations with the brethren. 

WHEREAS the International Evangelical Congregational Union has come 
into existence this Conference rejoices in the fellowship that has been estab- 
lished with the Union of Evangelical Congregational Churches of Brazil and 
optimistically looks forward to closer fellowship with other evangelical Con- 
gregational fellowships around the world. 

BE IT RESOLVED that this Conference express its heartfelt appreciation 
to the Rev. Dr. Lloyd F. Dean and the other Conference officers for the fine 
leadership they have given this past year and for their willingness to continue 
in this work of the Lord. 

BE IT RESOLVED that this Conference hereby express its sympathy to 
and prayers on behalf of Mr. John Stewart and family upon the recent passing 
of his sister, Miss Sydney Stewart of Tukahoe, New York. 

BE IT RESOLVED that this Conference send greetings to the Congrega- 
tional Evangelical Revival Fellowship in the British Isles extending our warm 
fraternal greeting and prayers that God will richly bless their witness and 
efforts for Revival through the Churches of their fellowship; and the desire 
on our part through united prayer and fellowship to strengthen the cause of 
Christ. 

BE IT RESOLVED that this Conference send greetings to the Congrega- 
tional Board of Evangelism in Au.stralia wishing them God's blessing in their 
efforts to proclaim the Gospel and in the promotion of a strong Evangelical 
Congregational Witness in Australia. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mr. David Coleman 
Rev. Wii.i.iam Randall 

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REPORT OF THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 

The policy of dividing the work of the Publications Gonunittee into three 
areas of responsibility has worked well this past year. It is the recommendation 
of the committee that the policy be continued and the proximity of committee 
members be given continued priority in their election. The committee was able 
to meet together only once, but use of the telephone and liberal use of the 
mails resulted in smooth functioning. Four copies of the periodical THE 
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN and the Conference Yearbook have been 
published since the last annual meeting. One of our problems has been the 
inefficiency of the place of business that handles our bulk mailing. It is the 
recommendation of the committee that immediate steps be taken to rectify our 
mailing problem. In projecting our needs for the coming year we would submit 
the following suggestions and two further recommendations. 

1. Advertising is needed. We would urge that churches, businessmen 
within our churches and missionary agencies consider advertising in our 
periodical. 

2. We wish to enlist the aid of the pastors of our Conference. First, in 
presenting our periodical to your membership and urging that they take steps 
to receive it. Second, the editor would appreciate the names of laymen in the 
churches who could write pertinent articles for THE CONGREGATIONAL 
CHRISTIAN. 

3. Because it is our policy to mail the periodical to all on our general 
mailing list, we recommend that the idea of subscription be dropped and an 
annual $1.00 donation be solicited. 

4. We strongly recommend that the periodical be increased in size by 
adding four pages. 

With your continued cooperation and active support we promise a 
periodical and conference literature of which you may be proud. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Robert W. Baker, Editor 
George S. Buhl 
John VanderTuin 

REPORT OF THE WOMEN'S ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE 

It has been the desire of the Committee on Women's Work to provide 
the women of our churches with evangelical material that may be used for 
meetings. This material was made up in the form of program packets similar 
to those of last year, and covering the topics of Christian Education, Mission, 
and Special Day Programs. 

A sample copy of the World Day of Prayer Program published by the 
N.A.E. was sent out. A letter was included in this mailing teUing of the coming 
packets and requesting any suggestions or ideas. 

During the year we received several requests for material, and a packet 
was sent to each of these. 

In September the program packets were completed and are being distri- 
buted to all the churches. 

We hope that the work of the Women's Committee will continue to be of 
value to the women's groups of our churches. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Paul Kangas, Chairman 
Mrs. Robert Dempsey 
Mrs. Glenn Kilgore 

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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE 
ON CHURCH EXTENSION AND EVANGELISM 

Up to Conference time this Committee has received only one request for 
names of available Evangelists, and a list of 4 Evangelists and Bible teachers 
known to the chairman was sent to the interested party. Also one request was 
received from a church interested in a program of visitation evangelism and 
Mr. Horace Dean's book on "Visitation Evangelism Made Practical" was 
recommended. In the realm of Church Extension, literature was requested 
from the A. B. Culbertson Trust Co. of Fort Worth, Texas regarding church 
loans, mortgages, investments, etc., for distribution at this Convention. Since 
no further aid was requested from this committee, 2 questionnaires were sent 
out to gather information from the member churches pertinent to this report. 
The first inquiry was sent to 49 known member churches requesting informa- 
tion regarding their Evangelism and/or Extension activities, and 29 replies 
have been received. Of the 29 churches which replied 21 have held some sort 
of special Evangelistic services during the past year, 13 are engaged in a 
regular program of Visitation Evangelism, 21 regularly provide services at 
some public institution, 9 are engaged in maintaining a Bible class, Branch 
S.S. or infant church outside their own established work and 17 have either 
just completed, are now engaged in, or plan very soon some sort of building 
program. We believe these statistics reveal a very healthy, growing climate 
which should encourage us as a Conference to investigate ways and means to 
further promote extension work especially in needed areas. The second inquiry 
was sent to 12 known individuals or new groups asking for a report on their 
latest developments. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rev. Lynn Scovil, Chairman 

REPORT OF THE MISSIONARY COMMITTEE 

The Missionary Conamittee met immediately following election at Oshkosh 
to organize for the work of the year. Three areas of service were recognized 
and it was agreed that requests for missionary speakers would be handled by 
Rev. George French of Superior, Wisconsin; recommendations of missionary 
literature and study materials would be made by Rev. Lester Felkcr of Flint, 
Michigan; while a file of information about missionaries related with our 
Conference churches would be maintained by Rev. Maurice Jacques of Boston, 
Mass. 

We are happy to report that after this plan of action was announced in 
THE CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN more than a half dozen churches 
responded with requests for recommendations of missionary literature, while 
more than a score of requests for information about Congregational mission- 
aries were received and answered. A compilation of such information as we 
have is presented with this report and is available for all churches represented 
at this Annual Meeting, 

Your committee is urgent in its request for suggestions from pastors, 
missionary chairmen and others as to ways in which we can help strengthen 
the missionary program of our constituent churches. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Georoe a. French 

Lester G. Felker 

Maurice E. Jacques, Chairman 

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REPORT OF THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE 

The Christian Education Committee met last fall in Spencer, Iowa. Con- 
sideration was given to a positive program by which the committee could serve 
the Conference. Several ideas were discussed, including preparation of mate- 
rials for use with young Christians and/or new church members. 

The committee would recommend very highly the use of Moody Bible 
Institute Correspondence Courses in the area of Pastoral training classes. 

Preparatory discussion concerning the establishment of a visual aid lend- 
ing program was part of the committee agenda. 

The committee has been in correspondence with various Christian pub- 
lishing houses and several displays are here at the annual meeting as a result. 

The committee urges your consideration of the EvangeUcal Magazine, 
Scripture Press and Gospel Light total hour education materials^ as closely 
agreeing with the doctrinal and practical position of our Conference. 

The committee stands ready to ofFer help to any church concerned with 
problems coming under the general heading of Christian Education in the 
local church. 

Respectfully submitted, 
William Bankester 

REPORT OF THE FULL-TIME 
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY COMMITTEE 

THE PLANS 

At the 1962 Annual Convention meeting in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this 
Committee of five members {selected purposely from the five geographical 
areas of the U.S.) was appointed. The entire work of the Committee has been 
done through correspondence. 

The committee was charged with the responsibility to: (a) conamunicate 
our need and purpose to our constituency (b) work out the necessary details 
in regard to salary, etc. (c) seek faith-promises from Churches and individuals 
(d) make all other arrangements necessary for a full presentation of this 
proposal at the 1963 Annual Convention. 

THE PROCEDURES 

The plan of procedure was decided upon by the Committee with the 
approval of the Conference Board of Directors at their Mid-winter Meeting. 

All mailings would go out first class from the Committee members in 
their respective areas rather than any one central mailing. (The exception to 
be the final 'Report to the Churches' which would be a 3rd class permit mailing 
for savings.) 

There would be three basic mailings with the final mailing to include 
the card for faith-promise commitments. 

A single informative mailing would be sent to the Churches of North 
Carolina and Georgia. 

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THE PERFORMANCE 

These plans were carried out by the members of the Committee. The 
letter stating our need and purpose was sent out March 15, 1963. The letter 
designating proposed salary, etc. was mailed Aprli 5, 1963. The final mailing 
with opportunity for faith-promises was mailed on May 6, 1963. The third- 
class Rpeort to the Churches was mailed September 16, 1963. 

A total of about 680 letters were sent in each general mailing to a list 
created and supplied by the Executive Secretary. A breakdown according to 
area was: Pacific 26; Western (S.D.) 67; Mid- West (Minn.)' 96; Central 
(Mich.) 169; Eastern 322. The specific mailing to Georgia and North Caro- 
lina totaled 91. 

Proposed Expenses: 

Salary $6,000.00 

Housing 1,500.00 

Utilities 900.00 

Retirement 800.00 

Hospitalization 250.00 

Social Security 250.00 

Contingency 300.00 

Total $10,000.00 

THE PROMISES 

As of the writing of this report, September 20, 1963, a total of 37 Faith- 
Promises have been received for an annual total of $4,648.00. (15 Churches — 
$3,550) (22 Individuals — $1,098). In consideration of all the factors involved 
in such a new volunteer venture for additional committed giving among inde- 
pendent Churches the Committee is gratified by this response. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Rev. Cecil Argetsinger 

Rev. Clarence Schultz 

Dr. James H. Hutchins 

Mr. R. H. Lutz 

Rev. Samuel Hemberger, Chairman 

REPORT OF THE AUDITING COMMITTEE 

We, the auditing committee, have made a thorough audit of the books, 
in the interest and well being of our conference, and our highly qualified and 
efficient treasurer. 

We have found the books of the conference to be correct in every way. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Rev. Joseph Fast, Chairman 



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. . . Reports 

ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT OF THE 4 G's 

Receipts from September 1, 1962 through September 1, 1963 

FROM CHURCHES: 

Alto Pass Congregational Church, Alto Pass, Illinois $ 25.00 

Argos Congregational Christian Church, Argos, Indiana 150.00 

Carlisle Congregational Church, Carlisle, Massachusetts 319.00 

Calvary Church, Lima, Ohio 78.00 

Clarks Congregational Church, Clarks, Nebraska 34.85 

Columbus Heights Community Church, Fair Lawn, New Jersey .... 3.00 

Commerce City Community Church, Derby, Colorado 25.00 

Conservative Congregational Church, Mobridge, South Dakota .... 27.40 

Congregational Church, Herreid, South Dakota 20.00 

Congregational Church of Eastford, Inc., Eastford, Connecticut .... 100.00 

Congregational Christian Church, Lincoln, Kansas 25.00 

Darlington Congregational Christian Church, Darlington, Indiana 100.00 

East Glenville Community Church, Scotia, New York 330.00 

Eureka Christian Church, Eureka, Michigan 25.00 

First Congregational Church, Tulia, Texas 71.45 

First Christian Church, West Mansfield, Massachusetts 25.00 

First Congregational Church, Frostburg, Maryland 50.00 

First Congregational Church, North Collins, New York 150.00 

First Congregational Church, Newhaven, Michigan 10,00 

First Congregational Church of Morristown, Briar Hill, New York 90.00 

First Congregational Church of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, New York 20.00 

Fluvanna Community Church, Jamestown, New York 25.00 

Fourth Congregational Church, Chicago, Illinois 75.00 

Fruitport Congregational Church, Fruitport, Michigan 3.50 

Hope Congregational Church, Superior, Wisconsin 467.20 

Jackson Avenue Congregational Church, Muskegon, Michigan 100.00 

Kiantone Congregational Church, Jamestown, New York 142.28 

Lake Avenue Congregational Church, Pasadena, California 455.00 

Limington Congregational Church, Limington, Maine 12.00 

Maybee Congregational Church, Maybee, Michigan 32.50 

Mayflower Congregational Church, Kingston, Massachusetts 30.00 

Melville Congregational Church, Godfrey, Illinois 137.29 

Olivet Congregational Church, Bridgman, Michigan 125.00 

Park Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts 650.00 

Phillips Congregational Church, South Boston, Massachusetts 25.00 

Pilgrim Congregational Church, Plymouth, Pennsylvania 138.00 

Plymouth Congregational Church, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 214.10 

Ruggles Federated Congregational Branch, Ruggles, Ohio 30.00 

St. John's Congregational Church, Darrouzett, Texas 13.31 

St. Lawrence Congregational Church, Portland, Maine 35.25 

Salem Congregational Church, Salem, Iowa 5.00 

South Pekin Congregational Church, South Pekin, Illinois 15.00 

The H. Clinton Eva Memorial Church, Yonkers, New York 25.00 

The Little White Church. Hill City, South Dakota 82.96 

Trinitarian Congregational Church, Troy, New Hampshire 53.00 

Turtle Lake Congregational Church, Underwood, North Dakota .... 8.17 

Underwood Congregational Church, Underwood, North Dakota .... 8.18 

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University Park Congregational Church, Portland, Oregon 25.00 

Union Congregational Church, Takahoe, New York 85.00 

Union Congregational Church, Fort Shaw, Montana 51.43 

Union Church, Villa Ridge, Illinois 580.00 

Vanceville Christian Church, Tifton, Georgia 5.38 

Westville Congregational Christian Church, Beloit, Ohio 134.00 

West Williamsfield Congregational Church, WilUamsfield, Ohio .... 30.64 

Staub Memorial Congregational Church, Portland, Oregon 50.00 

Worthing Congregational Church 20.00 

Total Receipts from Churches $5,627.89 

RECEIPTS FROM FELLOWSHIP GROUPS: 

Pennsylvaia - Maryland Fellowship $ 65.50 

Greater New York Fellowship 20.00 

New England Association of C.C.C 65.21 

TOTAL Receipts from Fellowship Groups 150.71 

Total Receipts from individual donors 1,506.92 

From North Africa Mission (Paid Ad.) 20.00 

Conference offerings at Oshkosh 239.30 

Balance brought forward from last year (1961-1962) 586.03 

Total receipts for the year $8,130.85 

DISBURSEMENTS: 

Travel $2,820.58 

Postage 328.00 

Printing and Stationery 2,351.45 

Phone 133.39 

Conference Expenses 145.07 

Committee Expenses 260.59 

Mid-winter Board Meeting Travel 321.40 

Executive Secretary Church Reimbursement 645.00 

Miscellaneous 743.51 

Total Disbursements for the year $7,748.99 

Balance on hand September 1, 1963 381.86 

MISSIONARY FUND REPORT— Gifts given through the Conference Treas. 

Balance on hand September 1, 1962 $ 5.00 

Receipts 53.00 

Disbursements: 

American Bible Society (in 3 checks) 28.00 

Grace Congregational Church, Pittsficld, Mass 25.00 

Total $53.00 

Balance on hand September 1, 1963 $ 5.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

Alden Barrows, Treasurer 
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• • • Constitution and By-laws 

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS 

OF THE 

CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATIONAL 

CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE 

1963 

PREAMBLE 

In gratitude to Almighty God for the gift of salvation through our Lord 
Jesus Christ; and 

Believing that the task of the Church of Jesus Christ is twofold, i.e., the 
evangelization of the world and the edification of the saints; and 
Believing further, that there is a definite need among congregationally gov- 
erned churches of historic Biblical persuasion for an association to assist them 
in the performance of said task; 

We, therefore, as autonomous churches declaring our unqualified belief in 
the entire Word of God written, humbly invoking the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit, have covenanted together to form such an association. 

Article I — Name 

The name of this organization shall be: THE CONSERVATIVE 
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE. 
Article II — Purpose 

1. To deepen and extend the fellowship of our churches. 

2. To encourage a steadfast. Biblical witness by our churches. 

3. To facilitate cooperation and counsel among our churches with regard 
to evangelism, the spiritual life, Christian education, stewardship, missions, 
church extension, Christian action, women's and men's fellowships, youth 
activities, the pastoral ministry, and other related concerns. 

4. To preserve and promote the Scriptural principles of the autonomy of 
the local church and the freedom of the believer in Christ. 

Article III — Statement of Faith 

1. We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Ttestaments, to 
be the only inspired, the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God. 

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: 
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

3. We believe in the diety of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless 
life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed 
blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the 
Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. 

4. We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by 
the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. 

5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose in- 
dwelling power and fulness the Christian is enabled to live a godly, holy life 
in this present evil world. 

6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they 
that are saved unto the .resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the 
resurrection of damnation. 

7. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ. 

Article IV — Statement of Polity 
1. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of His Body, the Church 
universal, and of each local church. 

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2. We believe that each local church is in itself a complete church, and 
therefore autonomous and possesses all the rights and responsibilities of the 
church by the Holy Spirit as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. 

3. We beheve that Jesus Christ exercises His authority in each local 
church by the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Scriptures. 

4. We believe that each local church is amenable only to Jesus Christ, 
and not to any association, conference, council, synod or any other ecclesiasti- 
cal body. 

5. We believe that it is proper and beneficial for each local church to 
seek fellowship and council of other such local churches. 

Article V — Membership 
Section 1 

Membership in this Conference shall be attained by the voluntary asso- 
ciation of churches, ministers or individual laymen v/ho find themselves in 
full accord with the Statement of Faith outlined in Article HI of this consti- 
tution, and with the general principles of this Conference as set forth in the 
constitution and by-laws. Conference membership, whether of laymen, church 
or minister, may be granted upon application to and approval by the desig- 
nated Conference officials, subject to review by the ensuing annual meeting 
of the Conference. Ministerial membership shall be accorded on the basis of 
the approved ministerial standards of the Conference, as set forth in the 
by-laws of this constitution. Churches are not necessarily barred from mem- 
bership because of other affiliations so long as they adhere to the Statement 
of Faith and the workings of the Conference. Individual lay membership may 
be held only by laymen in non-member Congregational Christian or congrega- 
tionally governed churches. In the event that a non-member church joins this 
Conference, the individual lay membership of any of its members ceases. 
Section 2 

A church, minister or individual lay member may withdraw from mem- 
bership in this conference at any time by its or his own action, and will be 
removed from the membership roll when written notice of such action is given 
to the Chairman of the Credentials Committee. 
Section 3 

In the event that there is received a written statement that a member 
church, minister or individual lay member has departed from the standards 
of faith and practice set forth in this Constitution and By-laws, the Committee 
on Credentials and Placement shall make a careful investigation of the matter. 
If the charge is justified, the Committee shall report the matter to the Con- 
ference for appropriate action. The Committee on Credentials and Placement 
shall file their report in writing with the Recording Secretary of this Con- 
ference and the party accused at least thirty days prior to the annual or special 
meeting at which the report is to be considered. The right to appeal to the 
Conference by the party accused is pre-supposed. 
Section 4 — Regional Membership 

Regional fcllowshiijs or associations of Congregational Christian Churches 
which are in sympathy with the Statements of Faith and Polity of this Con- 
ference may hold one of three possible relationships to the Conference. 

( 1 ) A Reqion in Affiliation. A regional fellowship or association of Con- 
gregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the Statements of 
Faith and Polity of this Conference and with the general principles outlined 
in the Constitution and By-laws, may be granted the status of an affiliated 
region upon application to and approval by the Credentials and Placement 

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Committee, which action will be subject to review by the ensuing Annual 
Meeting of the Conference. When a region becomes an affiliate^ all member 
ministers and churches of the region will become member ministers and 
churches of this Conference, and all member ministers and churches of this 
Conference within the said region will become member ministers and churches 
of the regional group. Churches and ministers of this Conference within the 
said region which are not members of the region at the time of application 
will be asked to approve membership in the regional group before they will 
become members of the said regional group. A regional group making appli- 
cation to become an affiliate region will submit with their application a list 
of all members. Upon acceptance as an affiliate region, all future applications 
for membership in the regional group or in the Conference from ministers and 
churches from within the region will be subject to approval by the Credentials 
Committee of both, and subject to review by the ensuing annual meeting or 
special meetings of both. From the time of its acceptance as an affiliate region, 
all new member churches and ministers will become members of both this 
Conference and the regional group. Such a region will be represented in the 
Conference business meetings by the delegates of their member churches. 
Churches and ministers presently members of the region, but not this Con- 
ference, will not be made of this Conference without their consent. 

(2) A Region in Sympathy. A regional fellowship or association of Con- 
gregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the Statements 
of Faith and Polity of this Conference, but which does not wish to become 
an affiliate region of this Conference may pass a resolution or amendment 
expressing their sympathy with the beliefs, practices and program of this 
Conference. Such a region will be considered a sympathetic region. This means 
that communication and cooperation will be possible between the two. 

(3) A Region in Recognition. A regional fellowship or association of 
Congregational Christian Churches, which is in agreement with the Statements 
of Faith and Polity of this Conference, but which takes no official action to 
be identified with this Conference, may be recognized by this Conference as 
a regional group of conservative Congregational Christian Churches. This 
means that this Conference will not promote a competitive group within that 
region and will offer such assistance and advice as may be deemed advisable. 

Article VI — Meetings 

1. Annual Meeting. There shall be an annual meeting of the Conference 
at such time and place as determined by the Executive Committee, unless the 
same are specifically designated by the annual meeting of the previous year. 

2. Special Meetings. These may be called at the direction of the Execu- 
tive Committee, or upon written request of members representing one-fifth 
of the total membership of the Conference. 

3. Representation. Churches becoming members of the Conference shall 
be entitled to representation at various meetings of the Conference by the 
pastors and two lay delegates per first 100 members or fraction thereof, and 

thereafter one delegate for each 500 members or fraction thereof. 

Voting privileges at Conference meetings shall also be extended to min- 
isterial members who are without a charge, and to individual lay members of 
the Conference, with the understanding that not more than one layman from 
any non-member church shall be entitled to vote. 

4. Procedure. The guide for parliamentary procedure in all meetings 
shall be Roberts' Rules of Order Revised. 

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Article VII — Officers 

1. The elected officers of this Conference shall be: 

(a) A President, who shall be eligible to succeed himself for two 
terms only. 

(b) A First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Recording 
Secretary, an Executive Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Historian. 

(c) The term of office for each of the above officers shall be one 
year with the exception of the Executive Secretary, who shall serve for a term 
of three years; and for the duration of their tenure they shall be members 
of the Conference Board of Directors with full voting rights. 

2. The duly elected officers of the said Conference shall hold their office 
until their successors are chosen and installed in their stead which shall be 
at the Annual Meeting at which they are elected. 

Article VIII — Board of Directors 

1. The business of the Conference shall be conducted by a Board of 
Directors, numbering not fewer than twelve nor more than thirty members, 
and shall include the elected officers of the Conference. The initial Board 
having been elected in three equal groups, for one year, two years, and three 
years respectively, one-third of the membership of the Board of Directors 
(exclusively of the Conference Officers named in Article VI) shall be elected 
annually for a term of three years, at future annual meetings of the Con- 
ference. In the election of members at large, consideration shall be given to 
proper representation of membership both geographically and organizationally 
(the latter having reference to foreign speaking groups). 

2. The Board of Directors shall establish an Executive Committee, to 
consist of the officers of the Conference. The Board may delegate to the 
Executive Committee such of its powers and authority as may be deemed 
necessary for the proper functioning of the Conference. 

3. The Board of Directors shall fill any vacancy arising among the 
officers of the Conference or in the Board itself, until the next annual meeting 
of the Conferenc at which time the Conferences shall fill the vacancy for the 
unexpired term. 

4. The Board of Directors shall have power to endorse a ministerial 
member of the Conference for the military chaplaincy upon the recommenda- 
tion of the Credentials and Placement Committee. This endorsement is subject 
to review by the Annual Meeting of the Conference. 

5. The Board of Directors shall appoint annually the Conference repre- 
sentative on the Chaplaincy Commission of the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals. He shall automatically be one of the five members of the Credentials 
and Placement Committee. 

Article IX — Incorporation 
This revised Constitution and By-laws shall become the Constitution and 
By-laws of the Corporation established under the Constitution and By-laws 
replaced by this instrument. 
Article X — By-Laws 

The Conferenrr shall adopt such By-laws as it shall deem appropriate 
and necrssary for the operation of the Conference. The By-laws shall provide 
for the manner of amendment thereof. 

Article XI — Amendments 
1. Amendments to this constitution shall be proposed in writing by s\ib- 
mitting the same to the Recording Secretary at the annual meeting: preceding 
thrir consideration for adoption. The Board of Directors shall imm^^diately 

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after the annual meeting at which the amendments are proposed cause copies 
of the same to be mailed to each of the Conference members (churches, 
ministers, and individual lay members). A two-thirds favorable vote of the 
delegates duly elected, and of others entitled to vote (see Article V. paragraph 
3), shall meet the requirement for adoption. 

2. The provisions of paragraph one (1) in this article shall apply to 
all articles of this Constitution, with the exception of Article III, which 
statement may be amended only by unanimous vote of the entire number of 
delegates, ministers and laymen, present at any annual meeting and voting 
on said amendment, following proper notice to amend, and publication of 
the proposed amendment as required in paragraph one (1) of this article. 

BY-LAWS 
I. Board of Directors 

1. The property and business of the Conference shall be managed by 
the Board of Directors. 

2. The President of the Conference shall serve as Chairman of the 
Board of Directors, and shall preside at all meetings. 

3. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such 
time and places as shall be determined by the Board, but not less than once 
a year. 

4. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the 
Conference President on one month's notice to each Board member. Such 
meetings may also be called by the Executive Secretary in like manner upon 
written request of any five members of the Board. A business quorum shall 
be any majority of the members of the Board. 

5. The Board of Directors shall keep written minutes of each meeting, 
which are to be made available to the Conference upon request. 

II. Officers 
t. The Board of Directors of the Executive Committee may appoint in 
addition to the officers provided for in the Constitution, such assistant secre- 
taries, assistant treasurers and other subordinate officers and agents as may 
be deemed necessary. Such appointed officers, shall hold office for the terms 
of, and exercise the powers and perform the duties assigned to them by the 
said Board or Committee. Any officer or agent so appointed may be removed 
at any time by the action of the appointing body, 

2. The President shall be chief executive officer of the said Conference. 
He may, with the consent of the Board of Directors, delegate to such other 
officers, authorities and powers as from time to time may be deemed appro- 
priate and necessary to facilitate the operation of the Conference. 

3. The Vice-Presidents, in the order of their rank, shall, in the absence 
of the President, perform the duties and functions of his office, and in addition 
thereto such other duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time 
prescribe. 

4. The Recording Secretary, or a temporary substitute, shall extend all 
meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Conference, and cause to be 
recorded all the votes and the minutes of all proceedings in a book to be kept 
for that purpose. He shall perform all such other duties as may be prescribed 
by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. 

5. The Executive Secretary shall conduct the official correspondence of 
the Conference and his office shall be located in a place suitable to him and 
to the work of the Conference. He shall give, or cause to be given notice of 
all meetings of the members and of the several committees of the Conference; 

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and shall likewise perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the 
Board of Directors or by the Executive Committee, under whose supervision 
he shall be. He shall cause to be kept in safe custody the seal of the Con- 
ference and, when authorized by the Board of Directors or the Executive 
Committee, shall affix the same to any instrument requiring it. When so 
affixed, it shall be attested by his signature, or by the signature of such other 
officers as shall be designated by the Board of Directors or the Executive 
Committee. The Executive Secretary shall keep an accurate roll of the names 
and addresses of the members of the Conference, which roll shall be the 
official record of the Conference for all its purposes. He shall also travel in 
the interests of the Conference so far as time and funds may permit. 

6. The Treasurer shall have custody of the corporate funds and securities 
of the Conference, and shall cause the same to be kept in a safe deposit 
box as directed by the Board of Directors. He shall cause to be kept full and 
accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the 
Conference, and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effects in the 
name of and credit of the Conference, in repositories indicated by the Board 
of Directors. The treasurer's books shall be submitted annually to a Conference 
approved auditor. 

7. The Historian shall act as a repository for materials of historical 
interest, maintain an historical account of the Conference from its inception 
and promote an interest in the churches in the details of their own histories 
and anniversaries. 

III. Committees 

In addition to the Executive Committee indicated in Article VII, Section 
2 of the Constitution, the following committees shall be provided: 

1. A Credentials and Placement Committee of five to be elected by the 
Board of Directors on a rotating basis for three year terms; which committee 
shall have the following duties: 

a. The Committee shall review all applications for membership in the 
Conference. In making such a review, the Committee shall make ever>' reason- 
able effort to investigate and interview all individuals making application to 
the Conference. This investigation should include, if at all possible, a personal 
interview by a member of the Committee or by a Board member; or by a 
member of the Conference, if the first two are impractical. They shall either 
approve or disapprove the application, or refer to it the Board of Directors 
for review. In the event of approval, the committee has power to grant mem- 
bership subject to approval by the next Annual Meeting of the Conference. 

b. The Committee shall take action with regard to requests for trans- 
ferral or dismissal, such action being subject to approval by the next annual 
meeting of the Conference except where dismissal has been requested by the 
party in question, 

c. All applications for membership, transfer, or dismissal, either approved 
disapproved by the Committee and all such applications then in process by 
September 1st of each year, are to be listed and the whole list circulated by 
the Committee to the entire membership of the Conference before th Annual 
Meeting. Only those so listed and circulated shall be presented to the Annual 
Meeting for ratification. 

d. The Committee shall have the power to renew ministerial licenses 
granted by the Conference upon application by the licensee, such renewal 
being subject to approval by the next Annual Meeting of the Conference. 

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e. The Committee shall have the power to receive prospective ministerial 
candidates under Conference Care, such action being subject to approval by 
the next Annual Meeting of the Conference. The committee shall upon request 
make recommendations as to theological schools, and render such other coun- 
sel and assistance as necessary. 

f. The Committee shall provide a suitable course of theological study 
for such otherwise acceptable aspirants to the ministry seeking ordination and 
Conference membership to whom a complete residence course of study would 
be impossible or impractical. 

g. The Committee shall make recommendation to the Board of Directors 
regarding the endorsement of any ministerial member seeking to enter the 
military chaplaincy. 

h. The Committee shall make an annual review of the ministerial acti- 
vities of those with full membership or license to determine the current out- 
each of the Conference and the propriety of continued ministerial status of 
the members. 

i. The Committee shall make a careful investigation of those cases 
where discipline may be necessary as ordered by Article IV, Section 3 of the 
Constitution. 

j. The Committee shall render all assistance possible to ministers seeking 
pastorates and to churches seeking pastors, by making available proper infor- 
mation at hand to all who request it. 

2. A Program Committee of five consisting of the Conference President, 
the host pastor, and three members to be elected by the Conference on a 
rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall prepare the details 
of the Annual Meeting of the Conference. 

3. A Nominating Committee of five, two to be appointed annually by 
the Board of Directors and three to be elected by the Conference on a rotating 
basis for three year terms. This Committee shall provide a slate of candidates 
for the various offices and committees. 

4. A Finance Committee of three to be elected by the Conference on a 
rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall devise ways and 
means of providing for the financial needs of the Conference, and shall make 
such financial needs known to the constituency. The chairman of this com- 
mittee shall serve as a financial secretary. 

5. A Missionary Committee of three to be elected by the Conference 
on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall encourage and 
stimulate missionary interest in the local churches by providing missionary 
literature and missionary speakers. 

6. A Christian Education Committee of three to be elected by the Con- 
ference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall encour- 
age the promotion of better Christian education in the churches, and an 
interest on the part of the churches in Christian education beyond the churches. 

7. A Publications Committee of three to be elected by the Conference 
on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall publish a 
Conference Year Book annually, a Conference periodical; tracts and other 
necessary and desired literature. 

8. A Church Extension and Evangelism Committee of three to be elected 
by the Conference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee 
shall make available to the Conference constituency information concerning 

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potential areas for the organization of churches, and concerning needy churches 
to whom assistance and counsel would be helpful. The conunittee shall seek 
to interest non-member Congregational Christian Churches in Conference 
membership; and shall encourage evangelism by every means, in the local 
churches, through example and counsel, through provision of appropriate 
literature, and through the suggesting of names of evangelists, to churches 
requesting them. 

9. A Constitution Study Committee of three to be elected by the Con- 
ference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall annually 
review the Constitution and By-laws, offer for consideration any appropriate 
revisions or amendments, and take the necessary procedural steps to bring 
them before the Conference. This Committee shall study also the constitutional 
problems of local churches at the request of the same, and recommend sug- 
gestions fojT improving the constitution thereof. 

10. A Women's Activities Committee of three to be elected by the Con- 
ference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall seek 
to promote the growth and spiritual welfare of the women's fellowships of 
membex and other churches through regular correspondence, the exchange 
of ideas, pograms and projects, and the stimulation of interest on the part 
of women's fellowships in the ministry of this Conference. 

11. A Ministry Committee of three to be elected by the Conference on 
a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall make available 
to the ministers of the Conference information regarding retirement and 
pension plans, and hospitalization. They shall plan for ministerial xetreats and 
workshops. They shall contact the ministers of the Conference with a view to 
their personal growth. 

12. A Committee on Fraternal Relations of three to be elected by the 
Conference on a rotating basis for three year terms. This Committee shall 
carry on discussions and relations with other like-minded bodies in this country 
and throughout the world. 

13. The Board of Directors shall appoint for each Annual Meeting the 
following committees of three each: Time and Place Committee, Resolutions 
Committee and such other committees as deemed necessary. The Board of 
Directors will appoint an Auditing Committee of three at the annual meeting 
previous to the annual meeting at which they are to serve. They are to see 

that the books of the Treasurer have a public audit annually. 

14. A pastor of a member church, who does not hold his standing in the 
CCCC, may serve on any committee, with the exception of the Credentials 
and Placement Committee, as long as he is pastor of a member church. If he 
ceases his relationship to the member church, he is automatically dropped 
from the committee membership, unless he is called to another member church. 
He may not be elected to the Board or a Conference office. 

15. Each committee shall prepare a written report of progress to be 
presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference, and at such other times 
as the Board of Directors shall request it. 

IV. Finance 
There is to be no per-capita, assessment or apportionment levied by this 
Conference upon the member churches or ministers. The churches and minis- 
ters are encouraged to assume voluntarily a share in the financial responsibility 
of the Conference. 

V. Conference Records 
All records of Conference business in the hands of Conference officials 
are the property of the Conference, contents of which must be made available 

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to authorized Conference officials upon request, and which must be delivered 
to the Conference upon termination of the service of officials. 
VI. Ministerial Standards and Qualifications 

1. Ministerial standing in this Conference shall require: 

a. A minimum academic attainment of a diploma from an accredited 
Bible Institute or the equivalent in formal education or Christian service. 
However, this Conference considers a seminary training to be desirable. 

b. Acceptable ordination to the Christian ministry. 

c. Reception into the Conference membership in the manner provided 
by the constitution. (Article V.) 

2. Good and regular standing of ministers shall indicate that they do 
hold Conference membership, are not under discipline and have no charges 
against them. 

3. An associate or fellowship relationship only may be granted to minis- 
ters having their credentials in a non-Congregational body, entitling them to 
all the privileges of the Conference, with the exception of holding office, 
committee membership and voting. 

4. Ordination to the ministry shall be by a local church, after examina- 
tion by a council called by said church. 

5. Ministerial license to preach, conferring authority of performing the 
regular functions of the parish ministry, including the solemnization of mar- 
riages, where legally permissible, shall be in the absence of a local association 
of conservative Congregational Christian Churches: 

a. Be granted by the Conference at the Annual Meeting of the Con- 
ference, or in cases of special need during the conference year, upon recom- 
mendation of the Credentials and Placement Committee to the Conference 
President. 

b. Be available only to lay members of the Conference, who shall 
revert to the status of laymen at the expiration of the license. 

c. Expire with the closing date of the ensuing annual meeting of 
the Conference; and be renewable at the discretion of the Credentials and 
Placement Committee upon application to its chairman thirty (30) days before 
expiration of the license. 

6. Ministerial membership cards, both for ministers in full standing and 
for licensees, shall be issued annually as of the closing date of the Annual 
Meeting, over the signatures of the President and the Executive Secretary of 
the Conference. A voluntary fee of $5.00 shall be suggested at each issuance, 
which will include the cost of the Conference periodical and Year Book, 

7. Prospective ministerial candidates, upon acceptance by the Conference 
Credentials and Placement Committee, may be received under Conference 
Care for guidance in ministerial preparation. Under such care the enrollee 
may pursue the Conference Study Course. He shall have available to him 
recommendations as to Theological Schools, together with such other counsel 
and assistance as may properly be rendered. A prospective ministerial candi- 
date who has been received under Conference Care is considered a ministerial 
member of the Conference under Conference Care, and is entitled to vote 
at all business meetings of the Conference. His vote does not necessarily have 
to be included in the delegation from his home church, if that church is a 
member of the Conference. 

8. A candidate for ministerial membership will be expected to have a 
life which is bearing the fruit of the Spirit, and which is marked by deep 

37 



Constitution and By-laws . . . 

spirituality and the best of ethical practices. The candidates will be disquali- 
fied by any habits or practices in his life, which do not glorify God in his 
body which belongs to God, or which might cause any brothej in Christ to 
stumble. 

VII. Seal 

The seal of the Conference in use at the time of this Constitutional revi- 
sion shall continue as the official seal of the Conference, and shall be used 
by having the same, or a facsimile thereof, impressed or affixed, or reproduced 
otherwise. 

VIII. Fiscal Year 

The fiscal year of the Conference shall be adjusted at the discretion of 
the Board of Directors to conform to the time of the annual meeting. 
IX. Unprocessed Applications 

Churches, ministers, or individual lay-members from non-member churches, 
whose applications for membership have been processed too late to be circu- 
lated to the entire Conference membership before the Annual Meeting, or 
whose applications are still in process, may be given the right to speak from 
the floor and/or the right to vote at the said Annual Meeting, by a majority 
vote of the assembled delegates. 

X. Amendments 

These By-laws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of 
the Conference members present and voting at any Annual Meeting or Special 
Meeting of the Conference, provided that in writing thirty days notice of the 
substance of proposed amendments to the By-laws be given to all members of 
the Conference. Upon adoption of amendments, the orderly numbering, letter- 
ing, capitalization and spelling of the By-laws shall be cared for by the 
Constitution Study Conmiittce. 



38 



INDIVIDUAL LAY MEMBERS OF NON-MEMBER CHURCHES 



Berkhimer, Mrs. Flora, Box 84, Salem, Iowa 

Cantel, Francis, 171 Cindy Street, Old Bridge, New Jersey 
Coleman, David, 1Q030 South Lowe, Chicago 28, Illinois 
Coleman, Mrs. Grace E., Willow Hill, Illinois 

Garmoe, Pauline, Salem, Iowa 

Gillespie, Robert, Route 1, Willow Hill, Illinois 

Green, Edwin Kirby, P.O. Box 447, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa 

Jones, Mrs. Martha, 44 Nicholson Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 

Kangas, Mrs. Paul, R. 1, Box 456-B, Tarpon Springs, Florida 33589 
Kirgiss, Mrs. Olive, 1050 Janero Drive, Santa Rosa, California 95401 

Lasley, Shafford, Lanett, Alabama 

Lutz, Mr. and Mrs. R. H., 522 Tecumseh Street, Dundee, Michigan 

Markko, Mr. and Mrs. Matt, 1846 George Street, Chicago, Illinois 
Mosher, Frances W., Salem, Iowa 

Olson, Amond, Route 1, Shiocton, Wisconsin 

Oriel, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald T., 118 Holland Street, Wilkes-Barre, 

Pennsylvania 18702 

Parks, Mrs. Alta, Salem, Iowa 

Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon, Salem, Iowa 

Rook, Mr. and Mrs. Myles, R. R. 4, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 

Roth, Jake W., Jr., 506 North 6th Street, Weatherford, Oklahoma 

Schaap, Mr. and Mrs. Edward, 627 Maple Drive, Dundee, Michigan 
Stueckle, Mr. and Mrs. Ed., LaCrosse, Washington 
Stueckle, Mr. and Mrs. Fred, LaCrosse, Washington 
Stueckle, Mr. and Mrs. J. A., LaCrosse, Washington 

Watts, Mrs. Dale, R. R. 1, Salem, Iowa 

Watts^ Philip, 387 Purchase Street, South Easton, Massachusetts 
Watts, Mrs. Wilbur, Salem, Iowa 

Williams, Pvt. David A., 2nd Training Reg., MCO — 4th Platoon, Foirt Dix, 

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